Guy Smarts: The 4 Best Suit Jacket Alternatives

Guy Smarts: The 4 Best Suit Jacket Alternatives The 4 Best Suit Jacket Alternatives

Here’s how to look professional without feeling stuffy

There are some occasions when a suit and tie is a nonnegotiable - weddings, funerals, job interviews.

But don’t pigeonhole your professional style; you can refresh your go-to professional outfits by just rethinking the suit jacket or sport coat.

To pull it off well, be hyper aware of the other details of your outfit: Your dress shirt, trousers, and shoes should all look sharp.

A solid base gives you some room to swap out a different top layer. Here are four ways to do it well.

The Bomber

A post shared by DAVID HART (@davidhartnyc) onFeb 9, 2016 at 5:51am PST

A stylish bomber really pulls any basic outfit together, but the right shape and fabric can double as a professional piece.

This houndstooth print one looks sharp paired with trousers and a turtleneck. Just make sure your dress shoes are in good shape, too - the details make a big impact here.

The Sweater

A post shared by Banana Republic Men's (@bananarepublicmens) onJan 28, 2017 at 1:42pm PST

A sport coat looks sharp because it's tailored and rounds an outfit out, but the right sweater can act the same way. Cardigans (especially shawl neck ones, like this) layer especially well over collared shirts.

The Long-hem Piece

A post shared by StyleSocietyGuy (@stylesocietyguy) onSep 30, 2016 at 3:15pm PDT

A long hem on a tailored jacket is an unexpected piece to add to a work wardrobe. The oversized fit works well over slim-fit pants; the contrasting fits complement each other. Swap out the tee for a dress shirt for an even more professional vibe.

The Jacket

A post shared by EJ Samson (@ejsamson) onMar 7, 2016 at 6:15am PST

A dress shirt, tie, and tough quilted jacket is a cool combination. The buttoned-up first layer is standard, but the black outerwear - with moto jacket detailing - adds personality.

For an even more surprising look, ditch the details and just go right for the leather jacket. Boss move.

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